Grilled Veggies

grilledveggies

Fresh produce is abundant in the summer.  With the nice weather, it is great to get outside and grill your veggies!

Corn on the Cob Facts:

  1. Corn is a starchy vegetable.  One ear of corn is about 77 calories.  Avoid adding extra butter to cut back on calories.
  2. Most sweet corn is not a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO), although Monsanto started offering a GMO sweet corn a few years ago.
  3. Cooked corn actually has more antixoidant activity than non-cooked corn.
  4. Corn is loaded with two phytochemicals (lutein and zeaxanthin) that promote eye health.  It is also a good source of fiber.
  5. The average ear of corn has 800 kernels and about 16 rows of kernels.

Tasty BBQ Grilled Corn on the Cob
Ingredients:corn
1 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp dried oregano
1 pinch onion powder
Cayenne pepper to taste
Garlic powder to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
½ c butter, softened
6 ears corn, husked and clean

Directions:
1. Preheat grill for medium-high heat
2. In a medium bowl mix together the chili powder, oregano, onion powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Blend in the softened butter. Apply this mixture to each ear of corn and place each ear onto a piece of aluminum foil big enough to wrap the corn. Wrap like a burrito and twist the ends to close
3. Place wrapped corn on the preheated grill and cook for 20-30 minutes, until tender when poked with a fork. Turn corn occasionally during cooking.

Makes 6 servings
Recipe Source: http://www.allrecipes.com

Grilled Asparagus Facts:

  1. Asparagus is full of vitamins and minerals, such as fiber, folate, chromium, and vitamins A, C, E and K.
  2. Asparagus is high in antioxidants that are similar to those in avocado, kale, and Brussels sprouts, which help to protect against certain types of cancer.
  3. Asparagus is noted as one of the top vegetables due to its ability to neutralize cell damaging free radicals, which could slow the aging process according to preliminary research.
  4. Asparagus helps to fight cognitive decline.
  5. Asparagus is high in an amino acid that serves as a natural diuretic, which increases urination and releases fluid and helps the body rid itself of extra salts.

 

Grilled AsparagusGrilled-Asparagus
Ingredients:
1 lb fresh asparagus
1 Tbsp olive oil
Lemon Pepper to taste
Garlic Powder to taste
Onion Powder to taste
Salt to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat grill for high heat
2. Lightly coat the asparagus spears with olive oil. Season with lemon pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
3. Grill over high heat for 2-3 minutes or to desired tenderness.
Recipe Source: http://www.allrecipes.com

 

Grilled Veggie Skewers
Try grilled veggie skewers as a side dish to a grilled entree.  Be sure to use a variety of colors to get plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.   Avoid seasonings that are high in sodium, such as Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce.

Grilled-vegetable-skewers1

Ingredients:
8 wooden or bamboo skewers
2 zucchini, cut into 1 inch slices
2 yellow squash, cut into 1 inch slices
½ lb whole fresh mushrooms
1 red onion, cut into chunks
12 cherry tomatoes
1 fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
1/3 c olive oil
1 ½ tsp dried basil
¾ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:
1. Soak skewers in water for 10-20 minutes
2. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Alternately thread zucchini slices, yellow squash slices, mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, pineapple, and bell pepper on skewers
3. Whisk olive oil, basil, oregano, salt, and black pepper in a bowl; brush mixture over vegetables.
4. Cook skewers on preheated grill until vegetables are tender, turning and basting vegetables with olive oil mixtures occasionally, 10-15 minutes.
Recipe Source: http://www.allrecipes.com

 

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